February 26, 2009 For me, the first two months of 2009 have already produced more memorable albums than all of 2008. With a few notable exceptions — like Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago<
February 25, 2009 Who? Josh Freese, dude! He's a session drummer who's appeared on nearly 300 albums. He's worked with Devo, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses and others. More importantly, Josh Freese has a new solo album coming out toward the end of...
February 16, 2009 Hear a full-album preview of Laura Gibson's quiet masterpiece, Beasts of Seasons, streaming on NPR Music as an exclusive first listen.
February 12, 2009 On Feb. 19, Leonard Cohen will give a rare live performance at the Beacon Theater in New York. It's only one night, and there are way more fans than seats, so it's no surpris
February 11, 2009 M. Ward: Live Online, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. ET
February 4, 2009 Give it up for the Swedish twinkle-pop band Loney Dear. After years of torturing copy editors everywhere, the group has officially dropped the inexplicable comma in its name. So, "Loney, Dear" is now just "Loney Dear." Now, if we can just get them...
January 26, 2009 Earlier this month, Microsoft released a piece of software that's pretty unbelievable, both for its sheer genius and for its stomach-curdling execution. The program is called >
January 23, 2009 If you missed our Tiny Desk Concert featuring Benjy Ferree, we'll post an archive of the entire pe
January 6, 2009 Listening to the music of Micah Blue Smaldone, it's hard to believe that his roots are in punk rock. The singer, now based in Portland, ME., fronted the Pinkerton Thugs in the mid-1990s, performing brash, provocative songs with an anarchist political bent. But Smaldone has since mellowed considerably. These days, he makes sparely arranged songs that draw on neo-traditional folk, country and blues.
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January 6, 2009 The other day, I was walking by Bob Boilen's desk and noticed a bin of newly arrived CDs. On the top of the pile of discs was a small box covered in red velvet with the words "Bee Gees" emblazoned in gold letters. I immediately reached for it, but...
January 5, 2009 I Woke With Planets In My Face, the new album from Cincinnati-based chamber pop singer Peter Adams, is a gracefully executed tightrope walk between restrained intimacy and epic orchestrations. The songs push and pull against one another: they're playful but foreboding, majestic but quirky, and always infectious.
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January 1, 2009 It was an unusually strong year for great unknown artists. While bigger, more established bands continued to attract the most attention, smaller, lesser-known acts made the most memorable music of 2008. All of the great unknown artists featured here made music that was inspired, original and heartfelt.
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December 24, 2008 Each December, Bob and I begin our annual debate over which is better: a Top 10 list of the year's best songs, or a Top 10 list of the year's best albums.
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December 16, 2008 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Song of The Day editor Stephen Thompson, and Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein chat about the Top 25 NPR listener picks for the
December 5, 2008 Yesterday, Bob Boilen and I, along with Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson and Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, g
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